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Monday, August 27, 2012
IS POINT SHAVING ON COLLEGE GAMES GOING ON TODAY ?
FROM THE BOOK MONEY PLAYERS DAYS AND NIGHTS INSIDE THE NBA
BY ARMEN KETEYIAN AND HARVEY ARATON ARNIE WEXLER IS QUOTED SAYING ON A NCAA PANEL IN NYC MARCH 1996 CALLED "GAMBLING AND COLLEGE SPORTS"
"THE GAMBLING IS GOING ON THE NEXT GENERAL THING THATS GOING TO HAPPEN IS A MAJOR POINT SHAVING SCANDAL ITS JUST AROUND THE CORNER GUYS AND WHEN IT HAPPENS YOU ARE GOING TO SEE COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS SAY HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN IN OUR SCHOOL"
Just look at the recent headlines -------------
Auburn University point-shaving claim draws FBI scrutiny
Suspended point guard being investigated for performance in at least two games
SAN DIEGO -- Three men have pleaded guilty in an alleged scheme to fix a University of San Diego Toreros basketball game.
The odds are very good it might be the tip of the ice burg. Athletes may be more vulnerable than the general population when you look at the soft signs of compulsive gambling:
High Levels of energy
Unreasonable expectations of winning
Very competitive personalities
Bright with high IQ's
And over the years, I have spoken to many college students who had a gambling problem. An NCAA study a few years ago said, "There is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college." You can't think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling.
Compulsive gambling is an addiction just like alcoholism and chemical dependency and all three diseases are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association's D.S.M. Yet, we treat compulsive gambling different then the other two addictions. Society and professional sports treat people with chemical dependency and alcoholism as sick people, send them to treatment and they get back to work yet they look at compulsive gamblers as bad people and they get barred from playing in professional sports
If the Colleges wanted to help the players, they would run real programs that seriously address the issue of gambling and compulsive gambling. Education and early detection can make a difference between life and death for some people who have or will end up with a gambling addiction.
It is easier to gamble than it is to buy cigarettes or a can of beer on college campuses all over the country. The National Gambling Study Commission said that there are "5 million compulsive gamblers and 15 million at risk in U.S.". Forty eight percent of the people who gamble, bet on sports
Arnie has spoken to students who gamble in college day and night. They even gamble during class on the inter net, and it even goes on in high school lunch rooms. According to a Harvard study a few years ago, 4.67% of young people have a gambling
problem. Experts tell us that the earlier a person starts to gamble, the greater the risk of them becoming a compulsive gambler. In another survey, 96% of adult male recovering gamblers stated that they started gambling before the age of 14
Arnie Wexler is one of the nations' leading experts on the subject of compulsive gambling and a recovering compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on April 10, 1968The issue of youth and gambling addiction is be coming a widespread concern. Wexler runs a national help line (888 LAST BET) and receive calls from parents or the young gamblers, themselves, who have become addicted to gambling. In the last two years 1/3 of all the calls to 888 LAST BET
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